Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid will attempt to win his first Super Bowl when his team takes on the San Francisco 49ers. In fact, it will be the Chiefs’ first chance to win the Super Bowl in 50 years.
Reid, 61, was asked if he remembered watching Kansas City’s last appearance, which was a 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.
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“50 years ago? I was watching the game I was punt, pass and kick,” she replied. “I have video evidence of that…they’ve been worn down.”
Reid was kidding, so it’s no surprise his timeline is a little off: The Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory came in January. December 11, 1970. Reid’s famous punt, pass, and kick moment occurred on December 11. 13, 1971.
Not sure what you’re talking about here? let me explain You see, during a 2010 eagles-colts game when reid was the philadelphia coach, cbs aired this absolutely glorious clip of the 13-year-old reid in the nfl punt, pass and kick competition, with him positively outplaying his teammates competitors:
I need everyone to look at this image one more time, because it’s so good:
Not only does he literally looks like No. 22’s dad, but notice how Reid’s last name is misspelled on the graphic. This photo is so fantastic it needs to be hung in a museum, if I do say so myself.
okay, but let’s back up a bit. what the hell was the punt, pass and kick competition?
was a youth soccer competition organized by the nfl between 1961 and 2017. held in various cities in the united states, players from 5 to 16 years of age were welcome to participate. contestants earned a punt, pass, and kick attempt, then received scores for each based on distance and accuracy. the three were then combined to get the player’s overall score.
reid, a native of los angeles, won his regional competition in 1971. from there, he moved on to the next round, staged at halftime of a monday night football game between the rams and washington at the the coliseum.
The pass portion of the competition was broadcast on national television at halftime. Reid was so big that he had to borrow an adult-size Rams jersey from one of the players. not really! via Sports Illustrated:
but when reid arrived, organizers had to scramble to find him a jersey; none of the youth sizes came close to true to size. They ended up going to the Rams’ locker room and grabbing a jersey from Les Josephson, the Rams’ starting running back who was listed at 6-foot-1, 207 pounds.
as for the tiny guy behind reid, he was only 8 years old. when now-raiders coach jon gruden was still with espn, he sat down with reid to talk about the video:
jon gruden: who is it? tell me this video: look at andrew reid, that can’t be you.
andy reid: that’s me. there’s football on Monday nights.
gruden: how old are you?
reid: yes, 12 or 13.
gruden: that’s amazing! Has anyone checked the IDs here? you have a beard!
reid: no. they had to go to ram’s locker room and get that shirt out, seriously.
gruden: look at the boy behind you!
reid: no, I was 8 years old, that kid is 8 right there.
reid said at the super bowl 54 media availability that he didn’t actually win the competition, but one of his childhood friends thinks he did. “I’m pretty sure he won, because he got a really good trophy,” Bobby Volkel said through himself.
reid, 13, lives to this day
there have been halloween costumes:
and more recently, dallas radio host dan mcdowell attended the opening night of super bowl liv dressed as a 13 year old “ried”:
as sb nation’s jeanna thomas herself put it, “it was disconcerting to see andy reid dressed in a hawaiian shirt on the podium while 13-year-old andy ried wandered through opening night.”
“They could get rid of that thing in a heartbeat, and I’d be okay with it,” Reid told Fox Sports’ Jimmy Johnson about the video of him on a pregame segment before Sunday’s game.
Judging by how much the younger Reid still delights NFL fans, it should come as no surprise that there’s even a bet on whether Fox will show the punt, pass and kick clip during the Super Bowl 54 telecast. my bookmaker has a -400 chance that it won’t air.
Even if it doesn’t, there’s a good chance we’ll see footage of this during another boss game in the future. No matter how old Reid is, 13-year-old Andy “ried” will live forever.